Disk of 2023 > [Archived] Jazz
Walter Smith III- ”Return to Casual” (album) Jazzy hour, 13th of June, 2023
Texan saxophonist Walter Smith III and his album, "Return to Casual" bring back the formula from the 2014's "Still Casual" for a new of post-bop tracks. Alongside pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Harish Raghavan, guitarist Matthew Stevens, drummer Kendrick Scott, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, Walter Smith delivers an album with interplay, rhytmic and lyrical inventiveness, and fantastic solos.The saxophonist-composer enters a new phase of his career with nine compositions that clearly reflect his aesthetic inclination, personal vocabulary, andsophistication, something rarely found in many other entities of contemporary jazz.The leader composes, the saxophone leads, which is why we have such cooperations between instruments and spaces so well-suiter for each, right from the score. The music establishes starting points, leaving room for each artist's interpretation. "Return to Casual" is a delight, with spacious compositions, complex textures and melodically diverse beauty exposed through timbres. Musicians feel good as a group, relying on each other and encouraging one another in this program that produces sublime music.
Translated by Georgiana Morozii,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu